October 2016: Dairy trade gets off to a flying start at Dungannon
Inch dispersal peaks at 3,650gns, while Holstein heifers top at 2,800gns
The Dungannon Dairy Sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions, got off to a flying start with buyers from around the province joined by bidders from as far afield as Cumbria and Hereford.
There was standing room only at the inaugural sale which played host to Holstein NI’s monthly female auction, and the dispersal of the autumn calving portion of the noted Downpatrick-based Inch Herd.
Auctioneer Micheal Taaffe reported a buoyant trade for the 90-strong catalogue. “There was a complete clearance, with the pedigree Holstein entry offering something for everyone, and prices ranging from 720gns to a top of 2,800gns. Overall 26 pedigree Holsteins sold to level at £1,762 per head.”
Topping the Holstein club’s entry at 2,800gns was the unshown Killane Fieldman Pretty Pat, a potential fourth generation EX heifer from Austin and David Perry’s herd at Ahoghill. Calved five days she caught the eye of David Parke from Ballyward, Castlewellan. Sired by the England Ammon Million son Killane Fieldman ET, she is bred from Killane Zenith Pat 194 EX who averaged 9,470kgs at 3.76% butterfat and 2.91% protein in three lactations.
The first lot into the sale ring Sterndale Colts Jodie Red ET came under the hammer at 2,500gns for David Buchanan from Newry. Sired by Sandy Valley Colt P Red, she is bred from the 18,000gns Sterndale Sterling Jodie Red ET VG87-2yr – red and white champion at UK Dairy Expo, and All-Britain intermediate heifer in-milk 2013. This one sold for export to Wyevalley Dairy based at Ladybank Farm, Credenhill, Hereford.
Next best at 2,320gns was the day’s reserve champion Killane Jacey Flora 119 from the Perry partnership. Sired by Coyne Farms Jacey Cri ET, her dam is the VG88-SP Killane Atlas Flora 105 – who averaged 9,890kgs at 4.48% butterfat and 3.31% protein in three 305 day lactations. Two weeks calved and yielding 32 litres daily, she was snapped up by David Parke.
Also selling at 2,320gns was the honourable mention award winner Relough Grafetti Dot bred by Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore. This Ladys Manor RD Grafeeti daughter is bred from Relough Ringleader Dot EX92-2E LP60 who averaged 10,472kgs at 4.03% butterfat and 3.07% protein in seven 305 day lactations. Calved four weeks and producing 35 litres per day, she joins the pedigree herd at Mountain View Farm in Augher.
The pre-sale show was judged by Robert Stewart, Portaferry, and sponsored by Masons Feeds.
Winner of the supreme championship was Carrowcroft Balisto Ruby from Geoffrey Patton’s herd at Carrowdore. Sired by De Su Balisto ET, she is bred from Carrowcroft Wyman Ruby. Calved over three weeks and producing 31 litres daily, this one sold for 2,000gns to the judge, and father John, for their Quinton Herd.
The McLean family’s fourth placed Relough Planet Danna 7 attracted a bid of 2,000gns from Messrs H and R Wilson, Strabane. She is a daughter of Ensenada Taboo Planet, and is bred from Relough Omen Danna VG86 who gave 14,568kgs at 4.10% butterfat and 3.22% protein in her third 305 day lactation.
Cows peaked at 1,700gns, realised by Relough Doberman Girl GP84-2yr who gave 9,464kgs at 3.57% butterfat and 3.28% protein in her heifer lactation. Sired by Coppertop Doberman, her dam is the EX classified Relough Riverdance Girl. This potential seventh generation VG/EX cow sold to Stephen McAllister from Dungannon.
Leading the Inch dispersal with a top price of 3,650gns was the twenty-two-month-old bull Inch Theo PLI £358. He is by the top British Friesian sire Deangate Tarquin, and is bred from Inch Blackisle Daphne 2 ET EX92 4E LP70 who averaged 10,579kgs at 5.5% butterfat and 3.31% protein in six 305 day lactations. Buyer was Neville Robinson from Ballygawley.
Next best from the Inch herd at 2,500gns was the five-year-old cow Inch Glen Daphne 8 ET VG88 PLI £245 who has produced butterfat to 6.27% with protein peaking at 3.78%. She calved her fourth at the end of August and is producing 39.6kgs daily. This one also travels to England to join Eryl Done’s Wyevalley Dairy.
Fresh calved heifer Inch Guarini Dellia PLI £289 sold for 2,400gns to JJ McDowell from Castlereagh. Her sire is the Braedale Goldwyn son Guarini ET, and her dam is Inch Glen Dellia 2 GP83.